Native Americans

Kaiser Family Foundation

Native people are among the least likely to be tested for the coronavirus. There are several reasons for that, including lack of access to health care.

A team led by a Washington State University medical professor has won a federal grant to reach out to Native American communities and try to increase testing.

Washington Department of Natural Resources

Washington legislators marked an important deadline day today [Friday]. Bills must have passed out of their initial committees or else they’re eliminated from consideration for the session.

Not all of the bills introduced have big, sweeping ramifications, such as this year’s proposal to officially eliminate the death penalty in Washington.

Most bills are smaller in scope.

Cori Kogan/WSU College of Medicine

Only a tiny percentage of the physician population in the U.S. is Native American. And the pipeline from Native communities to medical schools is providing only a trickle of students.

Washington State University’s College of Medicine is working with two other West Coast medical schools to increase the number of Native people prepare for careers as physicians.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Today on Inland Journal, Spokane moves one step closer to determining whether it should consider modernizing its jail or building a new one.

"I think the best financial situation for Spokane would be to put in place these initiatives and continue to expand on them so there would not need to be any new construction.”

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Thursday on the Inland Journal podcast, Native Americans are deeply underrepresented among the health sciences workforce in the United States. Washington State University is working on a plan to recruit more Native students to health-related careers. We’ll talk with Dr. Naomi Bender, the university’s director of Native American Health Sciences about the challenges involved in that and about some of her strategies.

Sue Reynolds/Everyday Native

Some states require their public schools to teach a bit of Native American history to their students before they graduate. Sue Reynolds is encouraging teachers to do more than that. Reynolds calls herself a social documentary photographer.

“I went to my first Native American pow wow on the Flathead Reservation in Montana back in 2005," Reynolds said. "When I walked in there, I immediately felt very at home with those people."

Washington State University

Washington State University researcher Dedra Buchwald is involved in studies related to health concerns in several demographic groups.

Buchwald is a professor in the WSU College of Medicine. She’s the director of IREACH, the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health.

“We are a big unit that is focused on education and research across a number of populations, such as rural, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and other underserved populations nationwide, but especially here in eastern and central Washington,” Buchwald said.

Native Leader Expresses Concern About Kavanaugh

Sep 17, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Native American leaders say they have concerns about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Today [Monday] in Worley, Idaho, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians shared her thoughts about Kavanaugh at the fall conference of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

photo by Jane fritz



An Idaho nonprofit has received a $5000 matching grant to restore and archive recorded interviews done with the regions tribal elders.

The Idaho Mythweaver organization has worked to record oral histories of several regional tribes, including the Nez Perce, Coeur D Alene, Kalispel, and Kootenai .

Northwest Tribes Celebrate Salmon in Kettle Falls

Jun 15, 2017
Upper Columbia United Tribes

Today members of several northwest Indian tribes are in Kettle Falls to celebrate the traditional role of salmon in their culture. It’s the second consecutive year such an event has been held. Some of the celebrants arrived in huge hand-carved canoes. They set off from the Keenleyside Dam, near Castlegar, British Columbia, padded down the Columbia River and arrived for a ceremony at the site of one of the most historically prolific fisheries in the Northwest. That fishery disappeared with the building of Grand Coulee Dam in the 1930s and the creation of its reservoir, Lake Roosevelt.

Inland Journal, June 15, 2017

Jun 15, 2017

This week on Inland Journal, we’ll hear excerpts from an Idaho Supreme Court hearing over whether the governor’s veto of a bill repealing the state grocery tax is legal. We’ll talk with Washington state school Superintendent Chris Reykdal about his vision of the state’s schools. We talk about the results of the annual homeless census in Spokane. And the head of the Upper Columbia United Tribes talks about this week’s ceremony in Kettle Falls honoring salmon and their role in Native life.